Team Alstare Suzuki aiming for a big finish in Imola. The penultimate round of this years Superbike World Championship takes place at the undulating 4.933 kilometre Imola circuit and Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama will be going all-out to end the season in style. For both riders, this year has been somewhat of a roller-coaster ride, but both are determined to take podiums in Imola and then Magny-Cours one week later. Last year, Imola was a scene of celebrations for Team Alstare because it was there that Troy was crowned world champion after the second SBK race was cancelled due to a flooded track. Troy's runner-up spot in race one and the cancelled race two was enough for Suzuki to take their first ever World SBK title. Yukio fell in that race, but remounted to finish fifteenth.
I still think I can finish in the top three this year and that's what I'll be shooting for at Imola and Magny. It's been a real up and down year - literally in some cases - but I'm aiming for strong consistent finishes in the remaining races and a good end to the season. I had mixed feelings last year when the second race was cancelled last year because I would've liked to have taken the title in normal conditions. But our team had worked so hard over the winter months and we were all set from the very first race - and so our title was well-earned. It's not going to be so easy these last few races because Bayliss and his Ducati are working so well - particularly his traction control. Also, Imola is a 'home' race for Ducati because their factory is just down the road, but that's a big incentive for me and the rest of the boys to put one over them. That's what I'll be trying to do, for sure.
I do not have such good memories of Imola last year, so I will be doing my best to get two good results this time - maybe podiums. Ever since midseason, when I was fully fit again, I have been feeling good on the bike. There have been changes to the bike from last season and it has not always been so easy to get a really good set-up at some racetracks. I think my riding style has changed a little during the year and I have learnt how to be more patient. It is not my natural style, but if it works of course I will use it. It's always a bit of a problem when you have back-to-back races (Imola and then Magny), but I want to take podiums in all the four races and end the year in a big way.
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